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  1. Jan L Halsey

    John, I am listening to this CD now because I saw this in my email. I’m listening to “Thorns on the Stone” now, so there is 1 more to hear. I love every one and plan to buy this. I have a younger brother who does not have time to read much, but I am sure he would love the CD (and his wife too), then I have an older brother who is not into reading much and the only music is basically oldies…then my other younger brother, loves to read but works like crazy with no time to kick back and read. I’ve told him about your writing and he is interested but says he can’t do much until he retires the end of this year. I feel this will be a great CD. Great job!

    • admin

      Jan: Thank you for writing, and thank you for your kind words of appreciation. I am glad you like the songs. If I can help you with copies of this CD, please let me know. I have several on hand. Thanks again, John.

  2. Page Lambert

    John, I’m teaching a seminar entitled “Blood Rhythm: Putting the Poetry in Your Prose.” I’d like to share this post (and the poem) with my participants. Congratulations on the Spur Award!

    • John D. Nesbitt

      Page: I am delighted to hear this. Thank you very much for your interest. Do you have the poem? If not, please e-mail me, and I will fix you up. john.nesbitt@ewc.wy.edu Thanks again, and best of luck for your seminar.

  3. Linda Ruhle

    Hi John,
    This was such a pleasure to read. Great detail.

    • John Nesbitt

      Thank you for this comment, Linda. I am just now looking back at earlier posts and finding comments that people left. It is good to hear from you.

  4. Krista Shawn Soukup

    Great story! There are strange people out there indeed! thanks for sharing!

  5. Colleen robben

    Thanks, enjoyed that!

    • John Nesbitt

      Thank you for your comment.

  6. Cindy Bower

    I loved the story, and yes, perhaps we can see ourselves in newer, more empowering ways!

  7. Barbara Tacy

    All I can say after reading this is that I love your heart, and you are a good man Charlie Brown♡

    • John Nesbitt

      Thank you for your note.

  8. Cindy Bower

    John, I love your thoughts. The power in great writing is to elicit feelings in the reader. This article did that for me. I grew up in a humble home with very hard-working parents. My mom was such a life-long learner. Always watching whatever early morning class was on our only TV channel. My parents were avid readers and shared their love of reading novels, history, poetry, and humor with their children.

    My grandparents were also that way. Hard-working people with great wisdom, self-sufficiency, pride in their work, fun in their friendships, and caring about others. What an awesome legacy I get to live.

    I don’t have a string of letters after my name, but I have never quit learning and loving my lot in life, working with people from all walks of life, and like my parents, giving back to my community. I receive the most joy, seeing my children carrying on those traditions of my family.

    • John Nesbitt

      Thank you for your thoughts and observations, Cindy. It is good to know that people read these pieces.

  9. Gary Schultz

    Hi John,
    First, I really enjoyed your “Continue to Remember”. I intently read every word and pictured in my mind the settings and situations you described. I did not come from as poor a family as you, but you made me remember, there were eight siblings, my bed at one time was on top of corrugated boxes and later in my teen years I had to share a bed with a brother.
    Second, your story about “Crossing Over” also reminded me of how my career
    came to be. I was patted on the back, my hair rustled more than once, and the comment “come see me some day”. And that some day came. I was in the print industry for 30 years and became VP of Manufacturing for a very large pre-press facility producing type and graphics for all the major publishers of elementary, high school and college level text books. It was a rewarding career along with my wife teaching high school. Now, I guess you could call it retirement, but I don’t.
    I live in the Ozark Mountains in SW Missouri and have a commercial level wood shop providing custom work for for local people and sell my products across the country. Determination and perseverance was my angle.

    • John Nesbitt

      Thank you for your comments. As with your other post, I find it interesting to hear from others and to read of their experiences.

  10. Julie Weston

    We had a moving piece, John. Thank you for posting. I grew up in a mining town, not in dire circumstances like yours, but I often think of our teachers and how they encouraged and supported all of us. Many of us went on to teach. I became a lawyer, in part, I think, to make our world a better place. Those teachers’ examples guided me.

    • John Nesbitt

      Thank you for your comments and appreciation, Julie. It is good to hear from kindred spirits.

  11. Joyce4Books

    Oh, so that’s a fifth wheel! Love your articles.

    • John Nesbitt

      Thanks for your note.

  12. Gary Schultz

    I know the feeling you experienced in the cafeteria. It’s a feeling like being paralyzed for a moment and then asking yourself “Why didn’t I jump up and help?”.
    Now and for a long time I have practiced helping people in all different situations. I think one can change their way of thinking and become more aware of their immediate surrounding area . A few weeks ago I took my MacBook in to get rid of a virus. Waiting in a short line I was listening to a much older man, I am 67, trying to explain the problem with his granddaughters computer. I could tell he and the attendant were somewhat frustrated the way the conversation was going. Shortly, the conversation ended and the man closed the computer and slowly turned to walk out. I could see he was very frail and struggling with the computer in one arm. I stepped out of line and asked if I could help him out the door and to his car, which he accepted. He was unsteady. We carefully went down three wooden steps and then to his car. We had a little conversation and he told me he was 100 years old and has live in this town of Kimberling City, Missouri his whole life. He was by himself. I also asked him then if I could see him home but he refused and easily drove away. Amazing, but I felt good. I was awarded my original space in line.

  13. John Nesbitt

    Thanks for sharing your observations. It is interesting to hear from others and to hear their stories.

  14. John Nesbitt

    Thank you for the comment, Cindy. I am just now getting caught up on posts from the recent past, and it is nice to read people’s responses.

  15. John Nesbitt

    Thank you for this comment. It is nice to hear from people who read and appreciate these posts.

  16. Frank

    Wow! What a story, and so many details from when you were 12-13. I once rode on a train through the Bernese Alps, a narrow-gauge train. The other passenger in the car was a well-dressed gentleman in his 80s. He built that train line (he sold it to the Swiss government years later), and told stories about the construction problems.

  17. Serita Jebbett

    Awesome blog, thanks for the useful information.

  18. Jules Skillman

    Highly energetic article, I loved that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

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